Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart

sajiyhIn Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, J. D. shows that faulty ways of presenting the gospel are a leading source of the confusion. Our presentations may not be heretical, but they are sometimes misleading. The idea of “asking Jesus into your heart” or “giving your life to Jesus” often gives false assurance to those who are not saved—and keeps those who genuinely are saved from fully embracing that reality.

Greear unpacks the doctrine of assurance, showing that salvation is a posture we take to the promise of God in Christ, a posture that begins at a certain point and is maintained for the rest of our lives. He also answers the tough questions about assurance: What exactly is faith? What is repentance? Why are there so many warnings that seem to imply we can lose our salvation?

Such issues are handled with respect to the theological rigors they require, but Greear never loses his pastoral sensitivity or a communication technique that makes this message teachable to a wide audience from teens to adults.

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19 responses to Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart

  1. Hey Pastor, I thought I would pass along this comment from one of my subscribers on Youtube. I referenced your book in a video and she had this to say after reading it.

    “I’ve been struggling with this issue for a long time. He’s answered a lot of my questions. Please let him know it’s a relief to know people think like I do and I’m not alone.”

  2. A few weeks ago had the chance to hear you speak at Lifeway in Nashville. Loved the message, got the book, and loved it too. Thanks so much for sharing such a timely and important message.

  3. Thankful for this book.

    I now stand with a firm assurance, confident in where I am rooted, and with a renewed heart for the importance of Discipleship. Granted, I am one of those that can’t say exactly the “moment in time” – appreciate the affirmation that it is not the “beginning” but the “present” that matters….

    Also, as I reach others, I appreciate the advice in this book of Gospel presentation… clarity and discipleship are essential.

    Our Salvation, our Relationship with Christ is THE most important question we can answer.

    Thanks to Pastor Greear for taking the time to break it down.

  4. Jaron Williams June 26, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    DO You Think It Would Be Possible To Print A Smaller PaperBack Pamphlet Type Book. I Loved The Book. Just Wish I Could Get A Cheaper Version To Give To People. There Are So Many People I Have Recommended This Book To. I Would Love To Be Able To Hand Out As Many As I Could Afford.

  5. Chris Pappalardo June 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm


    Thanks for the suggestion! Having these in a cheaper and more accessible version would be a great idea. I’ll make sure to pass it along, since it’s largely up to the publisher to make decisions like these. Hopefully they’ll be getting enough demand like this that it’ll happen.


  6. Thank You Jesus! Finally someone addressed this so that the question of salvation is put to rest! I too have been told that I lost my salvation, or that I was never saved in the first place!

  7. Just finished this book and loved it. I’m currently living in Lima, Peru, and feel the local church’s need to hear this. Might this be translated into Spanish some time soon?

  8. I just wanted to say thank you so much for addressing this issue. This is something I have struggled with since I first sincerely tried to become a Christian at 16. I am 30 now. I have been through years of spiritual torment over this, and it has only been since reading your book that I am starting to feel at peace with it. I feel like most churches are ill-equipped to deal with people who suffer from the levels of doubt and uncertainty that you and I have gone through, and as a result, there are a great number of people out there who are silently suffering because they feel that there is no one they can talk to. I have read many books on assurance and knowing if you’re saved over the years, and I can say truly that yours is the best I’ve ever seen, probably because unlike a lot of other pastors, you know first hand what it’s like to struggle with this issue. Thanks again for the great book, and for helping me to finally get a grip on what salvation really is.

  9. The message is true and eye opening. How would you respond to the reply that Peter gave when ask “what shall we do” and the answer he gave in Acts 2:38, why is so many Christians disagreeing about this process, even dividing churches.
    I have no doubt about my salvation.
    Chuck Wright

  10. Chris Pappalardo October 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm


    We would agree wholeheartedly with Peter’s invitation to repent, believe, and be baptized!

    J.D. actually preached on this quite recently:

  11. Fabian Almendros November 1, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I just finished reading the book. 12 years have passed since I thought I had become a Christian. It was hard to accept the truth, but now I rest assured that I’m truly saved.

  12. You spoke at our church; I loved it, thank you. I also got the book “S.A.J.I.Y.H” Jesus changed my life, your book changed my walk, I shared some of the book with my small group and my family all were blessed.
    Certain of my salvation.

  13. Comments to the book “Stop asking Jesus into your heart” by JD Greear.

    We read the book because the title fooled us into thinking that it was about something else. The phrase “ask Jesus into your hearty” used against unbelievers to repentance, is usually based on Revelation 3:20, where Jesus knocks to the door: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him ” – yes but what door, whose door is this? The letter and the message are written to a faithful Christian congregation, not to the unconverted pagans. So basing this erroneous phrase to unbelievers on this Bible passage is and will remain – wrong.

    Beside that the main message of the book is very good and is consistent with the Bible and can be recommended to the needy. But there is a couple horrors in the book that needs to be changed to the next edition:

    1. On page 65-66, you write something unbelievable to be a Christian. When you see someone stumble, you will do what? Snigger?! That’s what you write. When someone stumble and fall a few times, you’re happy about it, you snigger, film it and put it on the internet. This is unbelievable. We don’t know how old you are and how long you have been a Christian, but I can say that I can’t have fun at ill or disabled people who can’t take care of themselves or are hurting themselves. There was a time when I could see violence on television without being moved by it, but I can’t do it anymore without feeling bad, so don’t do it any longer.

    2. On page 83, you mention the accusation in 1 Cor 5 against someone who “have his father’s wife”, but you alter the text of the Bible to “his mother”. But you can’t do that. “His father’s wife” is not identical with “his mother”. Even if this is a possible option it might as well be a second wife, stepmother or other variants. The Bible can sometimes be intrusive exactly, and had there been “his mother” in this case it maybe had been written that also, but now it is not, so why add it? And in the “Complete Jewish Bible” by David Stern it is written exactly that: “stepmother”. So since now “mother” is not written so do not add to the Bible what is not there. Change it to the next release please.


  14. JD-
    If you haven’t done so already, can you also address other confusing terminology used by well intentioned ministers across America. God designed His plan of Salvation by Grace through Faith to be all about Him and what He did, not about us and what we can and cannot add to His accomplishments. But, most ministers tell people they need to “turn from their sin, give their life to Christ or repent before He’ll accept them. I understand the need for repentance or changing of our minds in how we come to Salvation. But, most people think repentance means we need to change our performance, which is not necessary for Salvation.
    Thank you! K.Smith

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